1776 by David McCullough


By David McCullough

  • Publication Date: 2005-05-24
  • Genre: United States
4 Score: 4 (From 282 Ratings)

Book Summary

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King’s men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough’s 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

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Latest Reviews


    By Hi.gbgvy
    If you hate reading about history don't even look at this book. This book has little dialogue and no plot. The first chapter itself is really bad. Definitely would not suggest this book to ANYONE. 🤦‍♂️
  • Beats TV

    By No tthanks
    Another good read by Mr. McC. Simple. Informative. Believable. He sets the stage and puts you in the cast. This is my third book of his and will read the rest.
  • Riveting, Revealing,

    By nordgal
    Oh, that Mr. McCullough had taught at my high school! More there would have been in class and fewer at the donut shop; more future teachers would have sprung from the class of '61 to inspire other students with the truth of the Republic rather than the shadowy liberal view of the current curriculum. Keep going, Mr. McCullough, keep going.
  • Wack

    By Leon Preldakaj
    Very boring
  • How Close

    By Potawatomie
    This is a very interesting book that make you realize how close this country came to remaining a possession of Great Britain. How did these great thinkers of the time think they could defeat the greatest Army of the world at that time, with no Army, no weapons, no ammunition and no military leaders and no money! It is truly a miracle that we became a nation! My, how close we came to just being a big burr under King George's seat.
  • Great

    Amazing, wonderful, magnificent
  • Must Buy

    By saxman2004
    This is a great read. Both sides had something to loose but only onside had something great to gain. This book really gives insight into the redcoats as well as the colonies.
  • Awesome

    By Mortavitch
    A must read.
  • Riveting!

    By Kelly Bee
    The story of the Revolution is told so eloquently by David McCullough that it reads more as a vibrant and wildly entertaining story of courage than a traditional history text. Engaging and unforgettable.
  • Great book!

    By Histbuff33
    Through great detail and an awesome ability to tell a complex story, the author brings to life the most significant year in American history. He mixes in first hand accounts and facts in a way that makes historical events come to life in a vivid story. A must read for anyone interested in American history, especially the revolution years.